Last Updated: November 6th, 2019
Living in an apartment with noisy neighbors can be one of the worst things ever. I had the worst of luck. If the couple upstairs wasn’t arguing, one of their three toddlers was throwing tantrums and if it wasn’t either of those, my downstairs neighbor would be playing loud music partying all the time.
After many sleepless nights, I knew I had to found a way to solve my problem. I started looking here and there and tried several different methods. Some of them work and some of them didn’t.
So, here are some of the best solutions that helped me solved my unwanted noise problem once and for all.
Try a Soundproof Sleeping Pod
If noise at night is the main problem, the first thing I recommend doing is to try a soundproof sleep enclosure.
You’ve probably seen a sleeping pod in movies, but did you know that they actually exist? One of the best soundproof sleeping pods on the market is the Relaxman Relaxation Capsule.
The Relaxman is one of the finest relaxation devices invented to this day. Inside, it has a heated water mattress that stays at body temperature while soothing, pre-programmed music and lights take you into a deep state of relaxation.
I think using a soundproof sleeping pod is one of the best ways to combat your noise problem you won’t regret getting it.
Alternative to Soundproof Sleeping Capsules
If you’re on a tight budget and you find the sleeping pod to be too expensive, then here are some effective alternatives you can try.
You should keep in mind that keeping a space quiet can be quite difficult, but using the methods below will help reduce unwanted noise significantly.
1. Heavy Moving Blankets
Another cheap and easy method you can use to soundproof your room is a heavy moving blanket. These blankets are usually used to protect furniture from being damaged. With that said, moving blankets are a very effective soundproofing material and when used correctly you can reduce unwanted noise levels by up to 45%, which is great.
These blankets are created from thick sound-absorbing materials. They’re not hard to install, but it’s tricky to hold and put on simultaneously so you’ll need help putting them up. You can hang these on your walls to prevent impact (or structure-borne) and airborne sounds.
2. Canopy Beds With Heavy Drapes
This is considered to be one of the best alternatives to a soundproof sleeping pod. A canopy bed like the recommended Joyreap 4 Corners Post Canopy Bed is a unique style constructed with a metal frame. It comes with four post rods that extend approximately four feet above the mattress.
What you can then do is simply hang heavy curtains or heavy moving blankets on the four corners of your bed, which will help to absorb high-frequency sounds.
It’s important to know that heavy drapes do not help to block out low-frequency sounds that can go through walls.
3. Try Acoustic Foam
Acoustic foam is perhaps one of the cheapest sound deadening methods for your home. There are many different acoustic foams that you can use to block out high-frequency sounds — a good example is 2″ thick medium density foam. However, if you have neighbors that love to play loud bass music, then a 2″ MDF won’t help much in noise reduction.
The reason being is because bass or low-frequency sounds are extremely hard to block, which means you’ll need more mass. So the best way to get the job done is to use a thick drywall and plywood.
4. Use Soundproof Curtains
Noise reducing curtains are another great alternative to a soundproof sleeping pod. These curtains are designed to reduce the amount of noise and echoes in your room. So if you believe your windows are the main culprits, after sealing the gaps you can then put up noise reducing curtains.
It’s essential to keep in mind that installing these curtains alone won’t completely get rid of unwanted noise in your room, however, they will absorb most of the echoes and sound coming from both inside and outside of your house. As a result, the amount of noise that you normally hear within your home will dramatically decrease.
5. Seal All the Gaps
The biggest culprits that let through unwanted noise in your home are the gaps and cracks in your doors, windows and walls. Before adding any drywall to the walls, it’s best to seal all the cracks using a green glue sealant.
If the gaps and cracks on the doors and windows are small you may have a hard time locating them. A simple trick you can do is to close the doors and windows and burn a stick of incense inside the house and hold it near the crack of the windows and doors to see if there’s any movement in the stream of smoke. If there is that means there’s a gap letting air in.
Another trick is to turn off the lights and ask someone to hold a flashlight on the other side of the close doors and windows. The gaps and cracks will let some light through.
To seal the gaps on the windows you can simply use a weatherstripping tape and for the doors or you can use this Great Stuff insulate sealant. Additionally, for the gap between the door and the floor, you can also use a high-quality door draft stopper.
6. Rearranging Your Furniture
Rearranging your room with furniture is a simple trick that’s free to do. Relocating your furniture has been found to have sound absorbing benefits. You can start by moving your bookshelves, closet, and couches next to your wall adjacent to your neighbors. This will surely help in reducing both impact and airborne noises.
Benefits of Soundproofing Your Bedroom
Noise pollution is one of the worst things in today’s age. Having peace and quiet is very important to me, especially in certain rooms of my home.
I think it’s very important to sound insulate your bedroom so you can keep outside noise out to improve sleep quality and also keep unwanted sounds from being easily heard throughout the house.
If you don’t mind spending some cash then one of the best things you can do is invest in a soundproof sleeping pod. But if you’re on a tight budget you can always try out the alternatives listed above. All these methods are effective in reducing bedroom noise dramatically. We wish you the best with your soundproofing journey!
Here’s another article you might find interesting, How to prevent sound from leaving room.
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